Biography, personal life and productions of director Vasily Barkhatov
Not many people entered the history of Russian cinema. Even less left their names there forever. Someone has achieved success and world recognition already in his old age, and someone, on the contrary, is known from an early age. They once said that Vasily Barkhatov was too young for success. But, nevertheless, at the age of 34 he became the head of the operatic group, cultural adviser of the country and a member of the Public Chamber.
Vasily Barkhatov: a biography and the beginning of the journey
Everyone knows that almost all famous people have little childhood associated with their future profession. Vasily was born in a family of journalists in 1983. Birthday is July 29th. In general, his childhood was like the childhood of an ordinary urban boy. Like everything else in the area, he played, bathed in the river, built houses in the trees, jumped in garages. In general, nothing remarkable. Nevertheless, his parents are intellectuals, and therefore they believed that the child should receive a certain "cultural minimum". So the boy got into music school.Initially, the guitar was chosen as a tool for Vasily Barkhatov. According to mom, this is a beautiful item that looks romantic. During the qualifying review, it became clear: the dreams of the parent did not have to come true. The boy's hands were short for the guitar. So he got into a balalaika class. Secondary music education he received on this instrument.
After graduating from regular and musical schools, Vasily Barkhatov did not plan to link his life with opera. Especially with the directing of the opera. He himself explains his choice simply. All changed one meeting. Her name was Rosetta Yakovlena Nemchinskaya, and she was a professor of the musical part of GITIS. The meeting with the future star happened by chance: she selected anyone who wanted to take her course, while her colleagues preferred people with experience. At that time, Vasily Barkhatov was worried about how to hang out from the army. He began studying with Nemchinskaya, and at the age of 16 he successfully entered the faculty of directing and mastery.
Beginning of work
Despite the choice of faculty, the guy became involved and began to enjoy his future work.While still a student at a regular school, he made a number of conclusions about the theater. The basic idea: you can not forcefully attend performances, then neither people nor actors do not enjoy. Therefore, he felt the need for new implementations of classical ideas, for new forms of classics, and also for the productions of rare works. In other words, the main task of the theater, in his opinion, was to become such work that would intrigue the audience.
Many young talents are given a Helikon-Opera as a platform for debut. There, Vasily Barkhatov, working as a production director, chose the "Diary of the Disappeared" authorship by Leosz Janecek. At that time he was 21 years old. Nonetheless, he received positive criticism.
The path to Olympus
The path of Vasily Barkhatov to fame and success was a long one. This applies to almost all people of art. They all had to work hard before the world recognized them. In 2005, he graduated from GITIS and he faces a choice of what to do. First job - Rostov State Theater.
Vasily Barkhatov, director of the production of the Director of Music dilogy, attracted the attention of Valery Gergiev.He was an employee of the Mariinsky Theater and was engaged in the search for directors. In his dreams, there was an ambitious project to put Shostakovich on stage. The management of the theater favorably responded to its employee, and Vasily Barkhatov got a job at the Mariinsky Theater.
The debut on the great stage was the work "Moscow-Cheryomushki". This small operetta appeared in 2006. After it was unexpectedly shown in London, where it gained unprecedented popularity. Gergiev fully patronized his protege, and Vasily Barkhatov continued to work as a director. His next work was Janacek's opera Enufa, almost unknown to anyone. It is worth saying that almost all the performances of the young man were nominated for theatrical awards.
What makes Barkhatov so attractive? Outrageous. He brought in what he could not do before him - the novelty of the presentation of the idea. For example, in the sensational production of "Benvutto Chelini" was introduced the image of the hero in old age. Everything would be fine if Sergey Shnurov was not invited to the role.
Almost all the works of Barkhatov were nominated for serious theatrical awards. To date, he has eight awards.Given the age of Vasily Barkhatov, this is a solid baggage.
He tried himself in the field of cinema. Also successful. His first work was the film "Atomic Ivan," where he acted as a screenwriter. Vasily was highlighted as the author of the show in the circus and the director of music videos. A versatile person who is not afraid to try himself in different currents.
Nevertheless, music and opera are his main work. His main task now is the preparation of musical performances for Russia and foreign countries. Schiller's dramas have become for him a new and unusual experience, since for this he did not put on such themes. In the 2009th, the Rogues appeared, and after two years, "Deceit and Love."
And how on the personal front?
A side effect of almost any fame - close attention to his person. Vasily Barkhatov, whose personal life became the subject of gossip, was no exception. In the summer of 2015, he married. He met his darling in 2014. She immediately conquered his mind. They have a daughter, whose name is Polina.
The director has a negative attitude towards discussing his personal life and is reluctant to answer questions from journalists. His wife's name is Hasmik Grigoryan, and she has been riveted no less attention than a famous husband.
Criticism of the work of Vasily Barkhatov, mainly comes from connoisseurs of classical traditions. But almost everyone recognizes: opera requires a revision, as many consider the performances boring. In order to attract new audiences and turn the theater into mass art, the principles of performances should be changed. Therefore, Vasily Barkhatov is favorably received by those who are waiting for the revival of opera and theatrical performances. In any case, given the young age of the director, the world is waiting for many more of his unusual works.